Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Love But Don’t Talk About Enough

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesdays: a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of March 22, 2016 is books I love, but don’t talk about (bookworm guilt).

Top Ten Tuesday

1. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

4. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

5. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

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YA Book Connections

Hello Readers,

These are some connections between YA books that I found rather interesting.

  1. A female antagonist in a position of power who is good at manipulating people and seems to know more than they should.
    • The Commandant (An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir)
    • Dr. Cable (Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfield)
    • Jeanine Matthews (Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth)
  2. A male antagonist in a position of power who has taken large measures to gain power.
    • King of Adarlan (Throne of Glass series by Sara J. Maas)
    • Galbatorix (Eragon series by Christopher Paolini)
    • The School Master (The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani)
    • Voldemort (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
  3. A magical race of people who cannot lie directly with words.
    • The Faery (The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)
    • The Invierne (The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson)
    • The Fae (Throne of Glass series by Sara J. Maas)
  4. A book with cutthroat competition.
    • The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins)
    • King of Adarlan’s Competition for Champion (Throne of Glass series by Sara J. Maas)
    • Dauntless Initiation (Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth)
    • The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani)
  5. Characters who are thrust into a new world because of family.
    • Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)
    • Laia (An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir)
    • Jacob Portman (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children trilogy by Ransom Riggs)
  6. Books where the protagonists find out that they’ve been living inside an experiment.
    • Tris Prior (Divergent by Veronica Roth)
    • Thomas  (The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner)
  7. Books with schools or academies.
    • The School for Good and Evil (The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani)
    • Hogwarts Academy (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
    • Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan)
    • Camp Jupiter (Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan)
    • The Institute and The Shadowhunter Academy (The Mortal Instruments series and Tales from Shadowhunter Academy novellas by Cassandra Clare)


Top Ten Tuesday: Freebie

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of September 15, 2015 is: free choice.

While reading books, I’ve discovered that the endings are either: spectacular, mediocre, or disappointing. So I decided to do Top Ten Unsatisfying Endings. Because

Top Ten Tuesday

As a result:



– For people who have not read or finished: The Death Cure by James Dashner, Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan, Specials by Scott WesterfieldAnd Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, and The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart.

– To the people who have read these books, then you know why.

Please proceed with caution.

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Review: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

The YA novel, Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfield, intertwines the stories of Darcy and Lizzie.

Darcy is a senior in high school. Next year, she should be going to college. Instead, she’ll move to New York and work on her debut novel, Afterworlds, and the sequel: Untitled Patel. In New York, she meets famous authors and attempts to manage her finances with a failing budget.

Lizzie–the protagonist of Darcy’s novel, Afterworlds–is waiting for her flight back home at night when terrorists strike. As people fall around her, Lizzie calls 911. The operator promises help and suggests LIzzie play dead. It turns out Lizzie plays dead too well. As a result, Lizzie thinks her way into the Afterworld. In the Afterworld, she meets a psychopomp (a soul guide) named Yamaraj. Through him she learns that because she thought her way into the Afterworld she is now a psychopomp. As a psychopomp she will gain special powers and responsibilities.

Afterworlds had an entertaining plot, however I disliked the strong language. In my opinion, I could’ve read the novel without the bad language and be perfectly fine. While the characters evoked empathy, I disliked Darcy’s character. She seemed rather naive and was terrible at keeping a budget. Ironically, I found Lizzie’s perspective more interesting (the book within a book) and enjoyed reading her story more.

Rating: Choose It!

Top Ten Tuesday: Finished Series I Have YET To Finish

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of September 8, 2015 is: the top ten series you have yet to finish.

Note: The titles in parenthesis are the books I have yet to read. The book series with accompanying photos are series that I intend to finish.

Top Ten Tuesday

1. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, The End)

2. Shadowhunter World stories by Cassandra Clare (I’ve read The Mortal Instruments, but not the Infernal Devices, Bane Chronicles, Shadowhunter Codex, or Tales from Shadowhunter Academy)

3. Theodore Boone by John Grisham (The Activist, The Accused, The Fugitive)

4. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Quidditch Through The Ages, and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them)

5. Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods and Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of the week of September 1, 2015 is: characters you just didn’t click with.

These are the top ten characters that I did not connect or click with. The main reasons these characters made it onto the list are because I didn’t understand the character enough or their character seemed too perfect.

1. Bernard Marx from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

2. Lenina from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

3. Shay from Uglies by Scott Westerfield

4. Emma Carstairs from City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

5. Jill Pole from the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

6. Winston Smith from Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

7. King Alejandro from the Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

8. Reynie Muldoon from the Mysterious Benedict Society

9. Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

10. Leo Valdez from the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

What are you Top Ten Characters that you just didn’t click with? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your Top Ten Tuesday in a comment. 🙂

WWW Wednesday #21

Welcome to WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. The meme was formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading. The questions are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

I have almost finished reading Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield.

I ‘d like to read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir next.

What are you currently reading? I’d love to know. Feel free to post a link to your WWW in a comment. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The topic of August 11, 2015 is: the top ten authors books that would be on your syllabus if you taught X 101. So I’m choosing to fill X with Dystopias.

The following books are books that would be on my syllabus if I taught Dystopias 101.

Top Ten Tuesday

1. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth

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Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

The dystopian novel, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, describes a haunting dystopia where surgical beauty hides government’s dark secrets.

In fifteen-year-old Tally Youngblood’s world, there are three types of people: Uglies, Pretties, and Specials. Until Tally turns sixteen, she will be an Ugly. Sixteen is the age when Uglies undergo the surgery that turns them into stunning Pretties.

One night Tally sneaks into a New Prettyville party to see an old friend, Peris, whose already a Pretty, as an Ugly prank. While she’s escaping, however, she encounters something. Thinking that she’s been caught by a middle Pretty warden, Tally reveals herself.

It turns out that the other person hiding on the river that borders Ugly and Pretty towns, is an Ugly like herself. The other Ugly introduces herself as Shay. The two girls bond and become friends despite their differences.

Unlike Tally, Shay does not care to become Pretty. During hoverboard trips, Shay reveals that she is going to run away to an undercover rebel group–The Smoke–in the wilderness. Shay wants to escape the shallow mindedness of Prettiness.

When Shay runs away, Dr. Cable, a cunning doctor from Special Circumstances (the government) makes a deal with Tally. Follow Shay with a tracker and betray the Smoke or never become Pretty.

Facing a crushing dilemma, Tally at last decides to travel alone to the Smoke. She amazingly completes the journey alone and arrives at the Smoke. But the Smoke wasn’t what Tally expected and Tally begins to admire the people of the Smoke. As Tally begins to fall into the routine of the Smoke, she forgets Dr. Cable’s deal and the tracker.

Eventually Tally must make a choice. Wills she help Dr. Cable stamp out the Smoke or will she become an insurgent? When Tally casts her tracker pendant into the fire, she declares her allegiance to the Smoke. But will her choice harm or help the Smoke?

I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopias with hidden themes and questions about  society’s obsession with external looks. The protagonist, Tally Youngblood, was beautifully developed and was well-flawed so she could mature throughout the novel. The writing was also good and the story moved at a good rate and made me want to read the second book: Pretties.

Rating: Read It!

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this book in the comments section. Are there any similar books you would recommend?